End of Summer Reading List

With the September, back-to-school and Autumn looming, my TBR list is ever-growing. I've made it my mission to try and at least half this by the time I go to university (I'm not sure this will be achieved but hey-ho).


With this mission, I've picked 4 books to tackle next. Let me know if you've read any of these and your recommendations!

 

The Secret History - Donna Tart

SYNOPSIS:
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last—inexorably—into evil.

If this synopsis given by Goodreads isn't enough to get you to add this book on to your TBR list, then I don't know what is!


It's giving 'Dark Academia' meets mystery meets Dead Poets Society.


Want to read it too? Buy here:


*WHSmiths (Paperback)

*Waterstones (Paperback)

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

(yes this was on my Autumn/ Winter TBR last year, but I just never got round to it!)

SYNOPSIS:
Ageing and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

I have had so many people (and Book-Tok) recommend me this book for months now, and it has finally made its way up to the top of my TBR. I've yet to see one bad review, everyone seems to love this book Let's hope it lives up to the hype.


Want to read too? Buy here:


*Waterstones (Paperback)

*WHSmiths (Paperback)

 

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

SYNOPSIS:
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called 'Legendborn' students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a 'Merlin' and who attempts - and fails - to wipe Bree's memory of everything she saw.
The mage's failure unlocks Bree's own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there's more to her mother's death than what's on the police report, she'll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society's secrets - and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendant of King Arthur's knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she'll go for the truth and whether she should use her magi to take the society down - or join the fight. 

The first in the series, I first heard of 'Legendborn' on Book-Tok after it received some amazing reviews. As a fantasy novel lover, this seems right up my street.


Want to read too? Buy here:


*WHSmiths (Paperback)

*Waterstones (Paperback)

 

The Inheritance Games - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

SYNOPSIS:
A BILLION-DOLLAR FORTUNE TO DIE FOR . . .
She came from nothing.
Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why.
They had everything.
Now she must move into the mansion she's inherited. It's filled with secrets and codes, and the old man's surviving relatives - a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got 'their' money.
Now there's only one rule: winner takes all.
Soon she is caught in a deadly game that everyone in this strange family is playing. But just how far will they go to keep their fortune?

The synopsis reminds me a lot of the film 'Knives Out' which I really enjoyed and so I imagine that this book will not disappoint.


Another first in the series, and another social media recommendation, I cannot wait to get stuck right into the world of the Hawthornes.


Want to read too? Buy here:


*WHSmiths (Paperback)

*Waterstones (Paperback)

 

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